WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - Roaches at a popular D.C. pizza spot and two other places caught operating without hot water were to blame for three of four area health department closures July 16th through July 20th.
Deli at Xtra, no hot water, 15009 Marlboro Pike Upper Marlboro, Md.
Z Pizza, presence of vermin (roaches), 806 H St. NW, Washington, D.C.
China DC Noodle. no valid license, 1232 5th St. NE, Washington, D.C.
Jin Lounge, no hot water, 2017 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Customers seated at the window at Z Pizza, 806 H St. NW, beckoned our camera crew close enough to record their shocked expression as they read the closure report through the glass.
"That's kind of messed up," said customer Keith Altson about a live roach violation. "Been coming here a couple weeks now."
Inspectors cited eight violations at Z Pizza, including live roaches, no hand washing sign, and workers not wearing hair restraints.
"So we've got pet roaches in the establishment," said customer Efraim Schwartz, "OK, well, they are creative with their pizzas."
"I haven't seen any cockroaches," said customer Raj Chotoo as he walked out with his boxed pizza.
No hot water at gas station deli among closures
Food inspectors also make surprise visits to grocery stores and gas stations that serve food.
At Xtra Convenience Store, 15009 Marlboro Pike in Upper Marlboro, Md., inspectors suspended the deli for food dangers.
Prince George's County Health Department officials reported Xtra operating with any hot water that would allow them to wash their hands or food equipment.
The manager blamed a storm related malfunction.
No hot water at lounge
At Jin Lounge, 2017 14th St. NW, inspectors cited no hot water, gunked up soda guns, dirty non-food surfaces, and an expired license.
Orange health hazard sign posted at noodle shop
At China DC Noodle, 1232 5th St. NE, the orange closure notice declaring an "imminent health hazard" was still taped across the door Thursday.
The District Health Department cited the restaurant for operating without a valid license.
The manager declined comment.
The posted closure notice means, not only did inspectors shut the restaurant down, it still hasn't passed a re-inspection.
Except for China DC Noodle, the restaurant passed re-inspections and reopened.
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